Hilton Head Monthly City Guide: Lowcountry Living

Have you seen this month’s Hilton Head Monthly? It’s their annual City Guide issue, featuring all things Lowcountry- from the hot spots and landmarks to communities! The reasons why locals call Hilton Head and Bluffton HOME.

This month’s issue includes a Lowcountry Living section, highlighting a number of planned communities throughout the area. There you’ll find Wexford Plantation!

Happy National Beach Day

National Beach Day_8.30.17Living on an island, it’s only appropriate to recognize National Beach Day (recognized annually on August 30)

National Beach Day was established in 2014 by Colleen Paige, one of America’s leading pet and family lifestyle experts. It was created to celebrate all things ‘BEACH’ – from family and friends to food, in addition to encouraging beach cleanup, and bringing awareness to the lives of sea birds and ocean mammals.

What’s the best way to celebrate?? Get out on the beach! Enjoy the sun in your face, sand between your toes and ocean air. And while you’re walking, be sure to pick up any trash in your path!

Why Hilton Head Island? The accolades speak for themselves…

 

‘Totality’ Cool

blog4On Monday, August 21st, beginning at 1:30 pm, our members lined up along the 18th fairway for front row seats to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

Our Solar Eclipse Party was complete with lawn games (including corn hole, jumbo jenga and giant dominoes), a lemonade stand for the kids, a bar for the adults and ISO eclipse glasses.

Despite the looming clouds and few raindrops, we had approximately 250 members come out for the party!  Members drove down to the fairway on their golf carts, toting lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and more, and parked alongside their neighbors for the once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The clouds may have prevented the full show, but the party was alive with excitement, and it was definitely a day to remember!

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National Rum Day Special

Cheers to National Rum Day! What better way to celebrate than with yours truly, Kenrick! Check out our new drink feature, Spiced Negroni. Come on over to the Clubhouse and try it out! 

Spiced Negroni Recipe:
Dash of Sweet Vermouth

1 oz. of Campari
1 oz. of Ginger Liquor
1 oz. of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
Garnish with cherry and orange wedge

All Booked Up

In recognition of National Book Lovers Day, we’re highlighting a couple ways our members can get their read-on.  

The first way is the library shelf in our Clubhouse. It is essentially a member book exchange, where members can come take a book or two, and either return or replace the book with one of their own. There are no formal rules when it comes to borrowing these books, just a passion for reading and learning. Our library was established in 2010 in loving memory of a former Wexford member, Gayle Marlowe, “An avid reader, accomplished author, and bright light to all who knew her.”

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While reading is an activity one can enjoy in complete solitude, it’s also an activity that lends itself to social gatherings – enter our Wexford Women’s Book Club. The Women’s Book Club is a member-driven club that started out in 2000 with just three women.  With its continued popularity, the club has outgrown meeting in homes to now meeting in the Clubhouse. Meetings are held monthly in the Waterford Room. Past selections include: The Aviator’s Wife, Sarah’s Key, Cutting for Stone, Unbroken, The New York Mormon Steve Jobs and Me Before You (just to name a few!). Coming up in September: Ordinary Grace by William Krueger.

There are so many benefits to reading; it improves memory, expands your vocabulary, offers solace on a rainy day.  So what are you waiting for?! Come visit our library or learn more about our Women’s Book Club today!

Sail Away

Last summer, we obtained a Sunfish sailboat and Harbourmaster Mark Dryden offered Junior Sailing Lessons. This year, back by popular demand, we obtained two Flying Scots, allowing us to expand this summer’s program.

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This program was offered last month, just in time for our “Build It, Sail It” competition (August 6). This inaugural event requires some building supplies (cardboard box, duct tape), time and a little ingenuity! Members are challenged to put together a vessel that is human or wind powered to race the Harbour Center Staff’s (cardboard) boat. The course will be in the harbour.  Winner takes all bragging rights!  “The humblest craft that floats makes its appeal to a seaman by the faithfulness of her life.” -Joseph Conrad

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To learn more about our Sailing Programs and Harbour Activities, contact the Harbour Center at (843) 686-8813.

Harbour Video

Check out our new Harbour video! Whether you’re looking for adventure and exploration on the water or wish to relax and enjoy the local wildlife and natural beauty, our harbour offers it all!

 

Lowcountry Living Speaker Series

Beginning in April of this year, we started a speaker series showcasing lowcountry living/island life.  This series included seminars about the Island, culture, wildlife and more.

The first seminar was presented by the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Island Ambassador Program.  It offered an extensive introduction to the Island including general knowledge, culture and ecology – covering everything from local activities to Civil War history to wildlife found in our waterways.  Upon completion, every participant became a certified Island Ambassador.

The second event was a 7 Species of Sea Turtles presentation by marine biologist, founder of Spartina Dolphin & Sea Turtle Stranding Response Team and owner of Spartina Marine Education Charters, Amber Kuehn.  This educational seminar covered the different behaviors exhibited by various species of sea turtles and the process by which they nest.  She also offered insight into the Hilton Head project and statistics for the area over the last 20 years.

The third seminar featured the local Gullah Culture.  The Heritage Library explored how the Gullah people were brought to the Island as slaves, how their culture has survived and what is being done today to preserve it for future generations.

The final seminar in our Lowcountry Living Speaker Series takes place tomorrow and will focus on Wildlife Safety.

Stay tuned for upcoming speaker series events!

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Wexford Owners Recognized at the 2017 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head

Wexford Owners, Bob & Heather Cherichella, named Admirals of the 2017 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head Island

blog1Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is proud to announce that Heather and Bob Cherichella have been selected as admirals of the 2017 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head. This annual event is Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s largest fundraiser, making possible their work as the only independent non-profit hospice south of the Broad. The Yacht Hop will be held September 17, 2017, on the docks of the Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Guests are invited to tour magnificent yachts and be treated to mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of the area’s premier chefs. Deas-Guyz will be performing under the oaks and silent & live auctions will be held. All proceeds of the event benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s patient care programs. Tickets are available to purchase on the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry website at hospicecarelc.org.

Each year, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry selects a person or persons to serve as Admiral for Yacht Hop of Hilton Head Island. These people are chosen because they exemplify those among us who continually give back to our community and embody the finest qualities of leadership and stewardship. Bob & Heather Cherichella have been a part of our Island community since 1997. They’ve opened their home to a number of fundraisers benefitting St. Luke’s Church, Boys & Girls Club, and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, among others.

A stockbroker, Certified Financial Planner and a successful Interior Designer, Heather is Co-founder of Wexford Women’s Golf Association and served on the Board of the Lowcountry Women’s Golf Association. She is involved in various initiatives throughout the community, including the Wexford Foundation, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and various Breast Cancer fundraising.

A retired Vice President with AIM Management and U.S. Army Veteran, Bob was named “one of the Outstanding Young Men in America” by the US Jaycees in 1985.  He’s been a volunteer for various Salvation Army initiatives in Illinois, Indiana and here in Beaufort/Hilton Head.  From 2008-2011, he served as Chairman for “Tee Off Fore the Arts” – the major fundraiser for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.  In addition, he served on the Committee for the ”Mardi Gras” Gala, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (HHSO) from 2008-09.  Bob, currently serves on the board of the Wexford HOA and the HHSO. He is also an Ambassador for both the Boys & Girls Club & the First Tee of the Lowcountry.

Reached for comment, Heather Cherichella said “The thing I am most proud of is that I am a two-time cancer survivor who is healthy and happy and married to the man of my dreams. I am so grateful for that blessing and realize that not everyone is so fortunate. That is why Bob and I are proud to serve as the 2017 Yacht Hop Admirals for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. They are such a remarkable organization and we are inspired by the level of services, support, and compassion that they provide to patients and their families. We encourage everyone to support Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and join us for an evening on the docks, enjoying food, friends, and fun.”

About Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 hospice and palliative care organization serving Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties since 1982. Its mission is to give comfort and honor dignity for end of life patients and their families through compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care, regardless of their financial circumstances. For more information, call 843.706.2296 or visit www.hospicecarelc.org.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Yacht Hop, please call 843.706.2296 or visit www.hospicecarelc.org.